Fantasy Football 2014: Bengals at Patriots 10/5/14 Week 5 Preview
Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-2)
Sunday, October 5, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Coming up on the Week 5 version of “Sunday Night Football,” we have a pretty interesting-looking matchup between the Bengals and the Patriots. Cincinnati (3-0) is coming off a bye last week, but took care of business against the Titans in blowout fashion during their most recent game. Meanwhile, New England (2-2) was utterly embarrassed by the Chiefs on “Monday Night Football” in Week 4.
As you might expect, there will be plenty of fantasy considerations out on the field for this one. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable names who will be impacting your roster on Sunday.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton didn’t have to do much during his team’s Week 3 win over the Titans, and his numbers reflected that. He posted just 169 yards and a pick during the game, but what was most insulting to fantasy owners was his receiving score on a trick play near the goal line.
All of that said, Dalton won’t find his way onto too many rosters this week, since he’s more of a backup-level guy. Expect more of the same mediocre numbers.
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Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: It’s officially time to start worrying about Tom Brady. He (and the rest of the Patriots) was abysmal against the Chiefs, posting a 14-of-23 line for just 159 yards, one touchdown and two picks.
It’s not all Brady’s fault--he’s dealing with a suspect offensive line--but he does look pretty ugly out there. Unfortunately, unless you have a quality backup on hand, you’re pretty much stuck with him in fantasy.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard had a big fantasy day in Week 3 with a pair of touchdowns on the ground, but aside from that he didn’t look so good. He finished with just 47 yards on 14 carries and caught one pass for seven more.
Don’t forget to put Bernard back in your lineups this week; As a high-end running back, he gets preferred fantasy status no matter the matchup.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: Vereen got most of the looks in the Pats’ Week 4 loss, as they were playing from behind for the entire game. He posted just 26 yards on the ground, but managed five grabs for 41 yards. Not exactly breakout numbers, but it could have been worse.
It’s really hard to trust Vereen beyond low-end flex territory right now, but the good news is that he’s back to catching passes. His receiving ability makes him an option in potential shootouts, which this game could end up being.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: After his breakout season in 2013, Green was high on a lot of owners’ draft boards. So far, the results have been mixed this season, as he’s gone over 100 yards in both of his games but also missed Week 2 with a toe injury.
Green is a no-duh start each and every week, as he’s got game-breaking ability on any given play. He’s Dalton’s top target and will account for the lion’s share of the passing yards and targets.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: As with Brady, it’s probably time to reassess your opinion of Gronkowski. He got buried under double coverage against the Chiefs, and hauled in just two of his three targets.
The good news is that Gronk got a TD in garbage time from backup QB Jimmy Garopollo, which saved his fantasy day. Still, he hasn’t broken the 50-yard mark yet this year--or caught more than four passes in a game.
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